A Year End Review: Looking Back Before You Go Forward
The conversation revolved around how different generations use technology. Adam, my daughter’s fiancé spoke me about how those over 50 had to learn about social media; how for those in their late 20’s and 30’s it was simply an extension of the computer skills they learned as children and how those in their teens today have grown up with social media. It’s an integral part of their life, like radio or TV is to some. He then went on to tell me that my 15 year old granddaughter will have a complete photo history of her life not because we have been photographing her since birth, which we have, but because she posts photos and everyday events on the social media sites and has been for several years. She has been carefully schooled by her parents about the dangers of sharing too much information or about sharing inappropriate information. So far, so good. After our discussion I found myself thinking how nice it would be nice for me to have a complete record of my life. The older I become, the more there is to remember and the more I seemed to have forgotten.
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For me, recalling the past can sometimes be quite a challenge. Unless, the event is tied to a significant emotional response. I have at least one friend who can remember the names of all her teachers from elementary school through high school. My sister can recognize people she hasn’t seen in years and my husband’s ability to remember where we’ve traveled and what we’ve done is amazing. I on the other hand really struggle with those skills. I do, however, remember holding my oldest daughter’s hand as we walked together to her pre-school. I remember when my youngest crawled into bed with me early in the morning to hug for a while before she went off to school and I can recall every one of my son’s projects and there have been many, because of the excitement he generated as he took them on.
10. Describe a moment I want to remember.
For me the moment I most want to remember is when most of my family took a trip to Disney World. On our last evening there the other adults chose to go back to the condo. I however, chose to hang out with my four grandchildren. We spent the night watching the light shows, the fireworks and the people. It warms my heart and feeds my soul to remember that evening.
I feel the only reason to review the past, is to find a way to live better in the future. Look it over, learn the lesson and then let it go. The last part may be the hardest lesson of all.